Insect Aircrafts

Contest Info

  • Started: 9/1/2006 06:20
  • Ended: 9/3/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 12
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
Insect Aircrafts
Contest Directions: Scientists are now using aerodynamics of flies to improve the design of future aircrafts. (You can read the whole story by scrolling down.) OK, everyone knows that flies are rocket scientists (at least the ones in my apartment) when it comes to flying. They have figured out flight long before humans did and they still do it better. Still, using a fly as a model for designing an airplane is the same as using a cockroach as a model for designing a new car. Chances are, these two will look like a giant fly and a giant cockroach from those old Japanese movies with Godzilla. Airports will look like piles of **** with humongous flies on them, and parking places will look like cockroach-infested hotels in the Bronx. All that, thanks to our scientists who are inspired by the fascinating flight of a fly (or by a wonderful run of a cockroach).
In this contest you are asked to photoshop modern airplanes to make them look like any flying insects, by giving them (flying) insect paint jobs, and/or reshaping them and giving them new features. Your submissions have to be airplanes looking like flying insects, and not vise versa.
P.S. I asked the flies in my apartment what they think about an aircraft designed on a fly-prototype, but they just sat there quietly giggling at me.

Contest Info

    • Started: 9/1/2006 06:20
    • Ended: 9/3/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 12
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
12 pictures
  • Flying Grasshopper Jet Fighter

    Flying Grasshopper Jet Fighter
  • Monarch Butterfly Aircraft

    Monarch Butterfly Aircraft
  • Fly Plane at the Flight School

    Fly Plane at the Flight School
  • Harrier Jet Fly

    Harrier Jet Fly
  • Plane with Hornet Wings

    Plane with Hornet Wings
  • Wasp Passenger Jet

    Wasp Passenger Jet
  • Black and Tellow Hornet Jet

    Black and Tellow Hornet Jet
  • Hopper Jet Fighter

    Hopper Jet Fighter
  • Fly Plane Crash

    Fly Plane Crash
  • Insect Passenger Plane

    Insect Passenger Plane
12 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Scientists are now using the advanced flying techniques of the lowly fly as a prototype for designing new aircrafts. These scientists are using a fly as a model to illustrate certain dynamics relating to flying in order to help improve modern aircraft. Over the past 100 years, airplane technology has evolved with more and more attention being given to increasing size. For example, in 2005 the Airbus 380 was put into operation. This plane can carry up to 800 passengers. The Airbus is as long as a football field. In considering the fly, the insect achieves flight and great maneuverability because of a complex airflow that is created by the high angle of the fly's wings. The wings move in a figure eight pathway. The wings also rotate rapidly, the result of which is the creation of peaks of lift force that result from a special vortex system. In addition, a fly's wings continually pass back and forth through a wake that is created by their own movement. This captures energy from each wing stroke that has ended up complicating what were thought to be well developed aerodynamic theories and principles. The scientific team has ended up fabricating what is known as Robofly. It is a stainless steel and motor powers robotic "fly" that is controlled in its movements by a computer. Scientists now imagine a wide range of different applications for airplanes and fixed wing aircraft based on the aerodynamics of flies and other insects. Atmospheric aircrafts and space ships are distinguished. Atmospheric flying machines are: aircrafts, helicopters, gyro planes, rotary-wing aircrafts, balloons, airships (dirigibles), gliders, powered gliders, hang gliders, glider in the form of delta, human-powered flights, screen planes. Space flying machines fly at 100km above the ground and are divided into space ships (having inherent engine), artificial satellites (not having engines and rotating around the Earth under the influence of gravity) and space weather-balloons (without engines and not rotating around the Earth). And some aircrafts have the opportunity to lower under the water, for example flying submarine. Besides, flying machines can be manned and unmanned. In turn, un-powered unmanned, autopilot and unmanned remote-control flying machines exist. Idea of flying machine with vertical take-off can be traced in the drawings Leonardo Da Vinci. However, it was practically realized only in 20th century. The first vertical flight in the history of aviation took place on August 24 (although there is some discrepancy about the dates, according to other sources, it took place on September 29) 1907 and flight duration was one minute. Helicopter, constructed by French brothers, Louis Breguet and Jacques under the guidance of Professor Charles Robert Richet, lifted its pilot into the air for about 50 cm.